In 2015, Elena Kagan famously announced: "We're all textualists now." By any reasonable measure, the Texas Supreme Court is often vehemently so. But when it comes to the "plain meaning" of statutory text, even textualists sometimes find different interpretations of the same simple words. Brandon Duke examines one recent SCOTX case — decided by plurality — that reveals the complexity that can dwell behind even the simplest words . . .
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